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Minister Says There Is Notable Progress In Nigeria’s Health Sector

Channels Television  
Updated March 10, 2014

VFTPThe mission of the Ministry of Health is to develop and implement policies and programmes and undertake other actions to deliver effective, efficient, quality and affordable health services.

The Federal Ministry of Health has been in the news for the wrong reasons at different times. Strikes and threats of strike, rivalry among health sector professionals, lack of equipment and many more, tend to overshadow the progress being made by the ministry to improve Nigeria’s health indicators.

The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has been in charge since the year 2010, and he joins us on this edition of ‘View From The Top’.

The Minister said that the Government was not doing badly, as it had recorded a reduction of maternal mortality rate in Nigeria by 56 per cent, which he said was no mean achievement.

In terms of immunisation, the government had also achieved 80 per cent coverage.

He, however, said that the federal system of government that Nigeria was practicing was contributing to problems with health indices. He complained that although Nigerians are beginning to understand how federal system ought to work, there were some local governments that are still waiting for the Federal Government to come and do everything for them.

The Minister also spoke about the several plans of the ministry for the year 2014. Enjoy the interview.